Steve Abedon Bacteriophage Ecology Group Biology as Poetry ISVM

Stephen T. Abedon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Microbiology
The Ohio State University

Combining Biochemisty, Physiology, Microbiology, Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Writing, Mathematics, Computers, Teaching, Music, History, Athletics, Craftsmanship, and Art to Make the World a Better Place ☺

Web sites and pages: 

        Bacteriophage Ecology Group ( link to Bacteriophage Ecology Group
        Phage Therapy (
        Biology as Poetry ( link to Biology as Poetry
        Int. Soc. for Viruses of Microorganisms ( link to facebook, International Society for Viruses of Microorganisms
        The Bacteriophages 2/e (  
        OSU Microbiology (base page)

Monographs and edited volumes: 

     Bacteriophages in Health and Disease (edited volume)
     Bacteriophages and Biofilms 1/e (book version)
     The 'Nuts and Bolts' of Phage Therapy (86 pp journal vol; contact Steve)
     Bacteriophage Ecology (edited volume)
     The Bacteriophages 2/e (edited volume)


     Amazon Author's Page 
     Google Scholar 
     PubMed search on 'Abedon S' (not quite all me; see also here
     See me give a brief talk…  (see more talks immediately below)
     Curriculum vitae 
     Phage monographs 
     Bacteriophage (journal)  link to facebook, Bacteriophage 
     Phage attack t-shirts (

Death to arrangements!

This is my September 18, 2014, talk at Hiroshima University:

This is an excerpt from my February 12, 2015, talk at the University of Akron:

This is a similar excerpt from my November 28, 2014, talk at IST Austria: here

My blogging entries: 

  1. Archaeal Virus as Cat Toy

  2. E. coli, CRISPR, Biases in Our Understanding of Phage Ecology, and Possible Implications for Phage Therapy

  3. Importance of Specificity

  4. Phage-Mediated Biocontrol of Plant Pathogens (2001 to "current")

  5. Going Bottomless in the Plaque World

  6. Ambiguous Phage Terms

  7. Phage Therapy Case Study from 1936

  8. A Quote or Two from Hoeflmayr (1963)…

  9. Bacteriophages, Spatial Structure, and the Joys and Limitations of a Swiss Pass

  10. Equilibrium and Energy

  11. Spaghetti with Attitude

  12. Bacteriophages

My open-access publications (click icons for access; see my cv for additional publications): 

Large double mushroom with soprano 'pineapple' ukulele


Stephen T. Abedon

Steve Abedon is an Associate Professor of Microbiology at The Ohio State University, where he has served on the faculty, primarily as an instructor of undergraduates, since 1995. His principal research interest is in the evolutionary ecology of bacteriophages, a.k.a., phages, which are Earth's most prevalent category of viruses, while viruses are Earth's most abundant category of 'organisms'. This interest he pursues from both basic science and applied perspectives, organismal evolutionary adaptation and the use of phages as 'antibiotics' – phage therapy – respectively. He sees the core of his scientific training as being in biochemistry, having received his BS in that subject, but overlain with a strong tendency to explore issues of organism-level phenotype and ultimate causation.

In the ~20 years since receiving his Ph.D. – in Microbiology with a minor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (University of Arizona, 1990) – he has published over 70 articles, chapters, and other 'citable units'. The latter includes involvement in the editing of four volumes, one as contributing editor ("with editorial assistance by...", The Bacteriophages 2/e, 2006, Oxford University Press), one as sole editor (Bacteriophage Ecology, 2008, Cambridge University Press), one as co-editor (Hyman and Abedon, Bacteriophages in Health and Disease, 2012, CABI Press, and one as editor of a special topics issue of the journal Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (The 'Nuts and Bolts' of Phage Therapy, 2010, Bentham Scientific). He has also written one book (Bacteriophages and Biofilms, 2011, Nova Scientific) and has drafted two textbooks (Microbes and Evolution and Biology as Poetry: Introductory Biology). In addition, he founded, in 1996, the Bacteriophage Ecology Group (, an ensemble of all things phage ecological. In his spare time he cooks (Schezuan Chinese-inspired), tends to his family (two children and loving wife), takes care of his 'farm' (when there isn't any snow about), and otherwise skis as much as possible.

Phage attack t-shirt, with a twist! (with twist courtesy of my daughter) Phage attack t-shirt, with a twist! (with twist courtesy of my daughter) Phage attack t-shirt, with a twist! (with twist courtesy of my daughter) Phage attack t-shirt, with a twist! (with twist courtesy of my daughter)

Contact Steve.

Poster for Brussels' Viruses of Microbes meeting, July, 2012